Since July 2020, Japan’s southern islands of Okinawa have reopened to domestic tourism and are preparing for the welcome back to British and international visitors with a smile as soon as restrictions are lifted. Okinawa has a new set of health and safety procedures in place, designed to prioritise the wellbeing of locals and tourists alike, for example:
- Body temperature screening introduced at various entry points to the prefecture and at many of its most popular tourist attractions.
- Protective screens are in place at shops, museums, bars and restaurants and QR codes for dining menus and brochures.
- Extra sanitisation protocols eg. shoe sole disinfectant pads at entrance and exit points.
- Visitors encouraged to wear face masks in public and enclosed spaces.
- Everyone to keep a friendly “smile distance” apart – for social distancing.